Simpson follows in the footsteps of Wheeler high school and Mableton elementary by becoming the newest STEAM certified school in Cobb.
Simpson Middle School has obtained the designation of Cobb STEAM Certification, which recognizes schools that have made great strides in implementing creative lessons in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Simpson showcased their unique instructional approach to teams of educators during the 2018-2019 school year to earn the certification.
Dr. Sally Creel, Cobb County School District’s supervisor of STEM and Innovation, said students at Simpson are using the arts to show what they’ve learned in math, English and science classes.
“Their teachers have worked hard to help students see how the concepts that they are learning are integrated from one class to the next,” she said. “This approach to learning mirrors the real world. The level of student engagement and creativity from students (and teachers) has been through the roof, since embracing STEAM.”
The school district has awarded STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) certification to 25 schools, with Cooper Middle School earning the first certification in 2016. Since then, 15 elementary schools, four more middle schools and five high schools have achieve STEM certification. Wheeler’s STEAM Academy was the first in the state to earn STEAM Certification from the GA DOE. Mableton was the first entire school to earn STEAM Certification from the GA DOE just two years ago.
Author: Kristal Dixon, Atlanta Journal Constitution
Dr. Sally Creel, Supervisor
STEM and Innovative Practice